Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal on Saturday directed the Odisha and Chhattisgarh Governments to hold talks and find out an amicable solution to the Mahanadi water distribution dispute between them and submit replies within four weeks.
According to reports, the tribunal had on March 9 directed the concerned officials of Odisha and Chhattisgarh to hold discussions with each other before March 30. Earlier, it had on February 9 directed both the states to amicably resolve the issue through talks. The three-member bench of the tribunal conducting a hearing on the interim application of the Odisha Government, had made it clear that if the two states failed to arrive at an amicable solution, it would pronounce its judgment on March 9 (today). However, the tribunal postponed the hearing date till March 30 and gave another chance to the two states for holding talks and sub.
On Saturday (March 30), the tribunal once again directed the two States to hold talks to resolve the dispute amicably and submit replies to it within four weeks. It fixed May 11 as the next day of hearing.
The Odisha Government, through an affidavit, had contended that as per the tripartite agreement on Mahanadi water sharing between Odisha, Chhattisgarh and the Centre, the neighbouring State should release 1.74 million acre-feet water to Odisha during the non-monsoon season.